Harrowing 999 call released six months after brutal murder of Mansfield man at Shirebrook allotment

Police have released a harrowing 999 call made after a Mansfield man was stabbed to death at his Shirebrook allotment.

By Jack Evans
Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 2:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 2:03 pm

The call details the moment a passerby found Mansfield gardener, Andrew Jackson, 55, who had been savagely beaten and stabbed to death at an allotment just off Prospect Drive in Shirebrook on Sunday January 26.

The 55-year-old’s body was then moved and dumped next to sheds, where he was discovered by a passerby who made the call after following a trail of blood at the allotment where he also kept his caravan.

Derbyshire Police have released the shocking call six months after his murder in an appeal to help find his killers.

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Andrew Jackson's body was discovered at around 10am on Sunday 26 January at an allotment, off Prospect Drive in Shirebrook.

Officers have arrested nine people on suspicion of murder, who have now been released on bail without charge, including a 51-year-old woman and seven men aged between 26 and 44.

The woman who found Andrew’s body told the operator: “I’ve found him this morning.“He’s been beat up.

“All his caravan’s been smashed up, everything.

“I don’t know what’s happened to him.”

Derbyshire Police have arrested nine people in connection with Mr Jackson's murder since January.

In a video, Detective Inspector Chris Marriott said: “We are re-appealing for information that brings justice to Andrew’s friends and family.

“When we arrived at the scene Andrew’s caravan videos were smashed.

“There were signs of the attack happening inside the caravan and a trail of blood leading into the buildings and neighbouring allotments where Andrew’s body was found between two sheds within the allotment.

“Absolutely no-one deserves to die in the way that Andrew did.

The gardener's caravan was found broken into and smashed.

“He was assaulted and had been stabbed multiple times.

“He would have lost a lot of blood and I have no doubt he would have been scared and confused prior to his death.

“Finding who was responsible for Andrew’s death is an absolute priority for the force.

“Staff continue to work on the investigation and will continue to do so until it is resolved.”

Derbyshire Police are offering anyone who has any information about the 55-year-old’s death that could lead to a conviction, a £10,000 reward.

Shirebrook residents came together to organise a number of fundraising events to raise money for Mr Jackson’s funeral costs.

In a tribute after his death, Andrew’s family said: “He was a very clever guy and could make something out of nothing.

“Around the Netherfield area where we grew up he had a lot of friends and if anybody wanted anything fixing, our Andy could do it.

“Sometimes some of the projects that Andy had been asked to build for people would amaze them.

“Over the years, we unfortunately lost contact with Andy but I know he used to visit our dad occasionally, turning up on his rusty old motorbike.

“It is of great comfort to us to know that he was well thought of where he lived and that he had made so many great friends.

“Our greatest regret is that we were unable to find him, despite searching, and that we never had the chance to talk together again.

“Andy will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

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